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just go to www.support.dell.com, then click on MANUALS, enter your SERVICE TAG (which you can find on the bottom of your laptop, it's alphanumeric and ends with 1) then just follow the steps. you can actually find the online manual specific for your 8100 and latitude laptop, FOR FREE. you can download the manual or view it online. all the specifics and technicalities for your laptop will be available on that website. just make sure that you enter your service tag. or try calling their technical support, they can answer your questions as well.
Try booting with your windows xp installation cd in the drive. See if it will give you a repair or restore option when doing this. If it does not then it's possible your computer has a virus. You can check this by booting up with your anti virus cd in the drive and let it do a system scan. Hope this helps & please remember to rate my answer. Thanks.
Whenever any of my clients say the word "Burnt" & "Smell" in the same sentance with reference to their PC's I always shudder... This unit almost certainly has to go to the "Shop" for repair. When you do so ensure ya get a firm FREE "Quote" and an explanation B4 proceeding.